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phosphate

noun phos·phate \ˈfäs-ˌfāt\

chemistry : a salt or compound that has phosphorus in it and that is used especially in products (called fertilizers) that help plants grow

Full Definition of PHOSPHATE

1
a (1) :  a salt or ester of a phosphoric acid (2) :  the trivalent anion PO43− derived from phosphoric acid H3PO4
b :  an organic compound of phosphoric acid in which the acid group is bound to nitrogen or a carboxyl group in a way that permits useful energy to be released (as in metabolism)
2
:  an effervescent drink of carbonated water with a small amount of phosphoric acid flavored with fruit syrup
3
:  a phosphatic material used for fertilizers

Origin of PHOSPHATE

French, from acide phosphorique phosphoric acid
First Known Use: 1788

phosphate

noun phos·phate \ˈfäs-ˌfāt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PHOSPHATE

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a :  a salt or ester of a phosphoric acid b :  the trivalent anion PO43− derived from phosphoric acid H3PO4
2
:  an organic compound of phosphoric acid in which the acid group is bound to nitrogen or a carboxyl group in a way that permits useful energy to be released (as in metabolism)

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